Motherly Love

It’s nearly 6 a.m. and I’m slowly waking up to the tiny coo’s coming from the little person I brought into my bed when she woke up in the middle of the night. I open one eye and try to shove a binky in her mouth, hoping that she will immediately go right back to sleep. “Come on”, I think “just give me another hour.” Sometimes it works and sometimes I have to accept whatever amount of sleep I got and hope to catch a nap later in the day (but I don’t count on it). As unhappy as I am about having to wake up before my body wants me to, I can’t help but smile when I turn my head and see the sweetest little grin- consisting only of two bottom teeth.

The day starts with a feeding and a diaper change for her and a large iced coffee for me- you know, the essentials. As she sits up on her play mat she examines her many toys with her eyes, hands, and mouth. I spend about 10 minutes playing with her before I look around and make a mental list of all the things that need to get done around the house. And then something else catches my attention and I wish I had written that list down on paper.

When I start thinking about my week I realize that I have no idea what day it even is. So I yell out to the only other person in the house who can talk back, “Alexa, what’s the date today?”. She gives me the 411 and when it’s a Friday, a little piece of me dies as I think back to the days when a Friday was always something to look forward to.

I love my daughter more than I ever thought I could love another person, but being alone with her all the time can be- I’m just gonna say it… boring as hell. Saying this makes me feel bad. I look at how big she’s gotten and I can’t believe that what the millions of strangers have told me is actually true. “It goes by so fast!” Ugh I hate when the strangers are right.

It does go by so fast. Suddenly she won’t let me hold her a certain way, so I adjust to her needs without realizing that I’ll never hold her the same way again. I mean, I could but she’s bigger now and it’s not the same. Some days may be boring, but they are also filled with moments of pure happiness and amazement at the little person my baby is becoming. It also doesn’t hurt to have cool neighbors and friends that keep me sane.

At the end of the day, when we’re both in our beds, I go to sleep knowing that I will be woken up in a few hours. I know that I will have to get up, go into her room, and lift her out of her crib to bring her into my bed because I’m too dang tired to do it again. I go to bed knowing all of this and being totally okay with it because I also go to bed knowing that I’ll wake up to the sweetest little two-toothed grin.

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Espresso Yourself : Parchment Coffee

A while back I mentioned that I had plans to start a blog segment about all of the different coffee shops in the area. I started with what is now called Parchment Coffee because it’s the one coffee shop that has been around ever since I can remember. It has changed owners many times and had multiple makeovers but the menu has always stayed somewhat the same. Breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches and of corse- COFFEE! 

The new owners have turned this space into a more modernly styled hang out spot. It’s much more plain than it has ever been in the past but I think it helps keep things look nice and clean. 


There were people studying at the tables and others were just relaxing on the sofa. I was surprised that they allowed me to sit inside with Skippy but also thankful because it’s so incredibly hot outside today. The workers were friendly and brought our food and coffee to us when it was ready.


The food was really good. I ordered the avocado toast, a thick soft piece of toast with fresh avocado spread and red pepper flakes. Blake ordered an avocado bagel sandwich but replaced the tomato with Canadian bacon and he couldn’t stop saying how good it was. In addition to what was on the menu, they had lots of yummy looking pastries on display. 


The coffee was good too. I got a regular iced coffee and added half and half, it was strong but not too strong. I saw that they had some specialty coffee drinks too but I try to stay away from anything too sugary.

Overall it was a good experience and it seems like a good place to go with friends to enjoy a cup of coffee and catch up. 

Espresso Yourself

Since I have been home, I’ve been checking out some of the different coffee shops in the LA area, and I’m having a lot of fun doing it. There are so many unique places with different vibes and each is special in it’s own way.

I plan on exploring as many of these little coffee shops as I can- all while reporting back to my readers about what I experience at each one.

Ever since I was a kid, there has been a longstanding coffee shop in my little hometown of Monrovia. Situated in old town on the main street that any Monrovian will tell you is called Myrtle Avenue, the coffee shop has taken on many different names and owners throughout it’s years.

My parents would take me there on the weekends and hang out at the same table with the same group of old guys, reading the paper and discussing current events. I would order my bagel with cream cheese (or on a lucky day- A huge cinnamon roll covered in icing) and hang with the old folks while I sipped my hot cocoa. It was a nice comfy place, filled with mismatched couches and even a “kids corner” with books and toys for the little ones.

This coffee shop has been around for as long as I have lived here, so at least 23 years or more. I remember it best as the Monrovia Coffee Company, before that it was called Beantown, and a couple of years ago it became Friends Cafe (a wannabe ‘Central Perk’ from the popular TV show FRIENDS). More recently, while I was living out of state, it has become Parchment Coffee.

Since this coffee shop is near and dear to my heart, filled with memories of old people and bagels, it will be the first on my list of blog posts.

If you are a coffee lover in the L.A. area, my “Espresso Yourself” segment is for you.. So stay tuned!

 

10 Reasons to Smile

Incase you’re feeling glum, I’ve got 10 simple reasons for you to turn that frown upside down.

#1


Your friends and family- AKA your main peeps and your squad. You should smile when you think about the fact that there are people in this big world who love you and either choose to be your friends or are forced to like you because you’re family and they love you beyond your flaws.

 #2


Obviously summer is something to smile about. The sun, the break from school, the vacations, the sand and the water. In my opinion there is no better season. Yes, Fall is beautiful and Spring is a close second (because of the flowers) but Winter is just gross and cold. Sorry I’m not sorry Winter lovers. Summertime is my kinda time.

#3


How awesome is it that we as human beings are able to travel the entire world? Doesn’t that make you want to smile? Sure it may take some time to save money but just the fact that it’s possible is amazing.

#4


Um, like obviously coffee makes me smile. Some days it’s the only reason I smile lol! How wonderful it is that there’s a drink out there that can energize us when we’re tired and give us a little help waking up on those more difficult mornings. It really just warms the soul.

#5

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The world would be such a dull place without music. To me, music equals memories. When I hear a song that I used to love as a kid or one that reminds me of wild times in high school I can’t help but smile.

#6


Endings can be sad, whether you’re graduating high school or college or even ending a relationship that isn’t working out, it can be hard to say goodbye. But you have to think of your endings as new beginnings! There’s always something new to look forward to in life and that my friends, is a reason to smile.

#7


I LOVE my sleep and I try to get as much of it as I possibly can. My favorite are those nights when I’m so tired that I basically knock out once my head comes in contact with my pillow. I wake up feeling so refreshed and ready to conquer the day. Sleep is like a quick break from reality and a way to reenergize our bodies. I’m smiling just thinking about it.

#8

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Sometimes I’ll read a recipe for a dessert I want to make and think, thank the lord for whoever came up with this random mixture of ingredients because it is pure heaven on a plate. If desserts don’t make you smile then it’s probably because you’re on a diet and you can’t have any, therefore you are frowning. Cheer up Charlie, have a Wonka bar.

#9

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When I’m feeling down about life I like to think about all of the upcoming events that I can look forward to. When my days get boring I think of the next big party I’ll be attending or what I’ll be doing over the weekend. The upcoming event that I’m currently excited for is my brothers wedding, I am SO looking forward to it! 😁

#10

Oh come on! If pets don’t make you smile then you are pure evil and I don’t want anything to do with you. My dog puts a big smile on my face every single day, I know for a fact that I’m a happier person because of him.

I hope you read this post and realized that you have a lot to be happy about, life is better when you’re smiling. So “put a smile on your face and make the world a better place”! (as sung by one of my favorite artists as a child)- Vitamin C